Friday, February 5, 2010

Our district gets emergency aid for snowstorm disaster

Today, President Barack Obama signed a New Jersey disaster declaration:

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New Jersey and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by a snowstorm during the period of December 19-20, 2009.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the snowstorm in the counties of Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

In addition, assistance is available to State and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Sounds like the NJ2 congressional district will be helped a lot by this declaration.

Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez put out a joint statement welcoming this:

U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez today
applauded President Obama for declaring a major disaster and making
federal funds available to help New Jersey communities recover from
the December snowstorms. Sens. Lautenberg and Menendez supported the
state’s request for a disaster declaration in a letter to President
Obama on January 20, 2010.

“With more snowstorms hammering New Jersey, this emergency funding
will help the communities that were hit in December defray mounting
costs,” the Senators stated. “This federal funding commitment will be
an important boost to the state and many of the local agencies tasked
with responding to the weekend snowstorms.”